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What We Love

  • Rolling up to the hotel in the heated-cobblestone porte-cochere
  • Steps from Chicago’s best boutiques; Marc Jacobs set up shop on the ground level
  • Most guestrooms and suites have gas fireplaces

What To Know

  • The hotel is formerly the Elysian; Waldorf Astoria took over the property in February 2012
  • The hotel is hot wedding spot year-round

Amenities

  •  Adults Only
  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Gold Coast glamour in a 60-story tower modeled after Paris’s grand dame hotels

The Lowdown

The stunning Lucien Lagrange-designed tower just off of Chicago’s tony Oak Street and the 188-room Elysian hotel within it upped Chicago’s luxury ante to dazzling new heights when it opened in 2009. The venerable Waldorf Astoria brand took over the property in February 2012 leaving the glam interiors as-is while adding the brand’s signature service. The hotel has Parisian predilections starting in grand porte-cochere, which is heated to ensure guests’ uninterrupted comfort when the city’s famous winters kick in and continuing in the lobby where the centerpiece is a sunburst chandelier that’s a replica of a Chanel brooch. Guestrooms are all platinum and champagne with glossy black pops and plenty of gold. Fireplaces, furnished terraces and Carrara marble bathrooms with massive tubs complete the package.

In the Area

The Waldorf’s location just off of Oak Street puts you a stone’s throw from Chicago’s best boutique shopping by the likes of Barneys New York, Hermès and Prada. You’re also within walking distance of the swank Michelin-starred Spiaggia with decadent Italian fare and stunning city views. Continue your neighborhood food tour with to-die-for pastries from Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter and sidewalk sipping at the Purple Pig whose theme is swine, wine and cheese. Just don’t be afraid to venture from the Gold Coast to head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat. Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s menu of inventive small plates includes escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche.

How to Get There

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
11 E. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

Reviews

Best Luxury Hotel
Zack C

Stayed 4 nights at the hotel and had a wonderful experience. The entire Chicago staff were very nice and professional. Aaron at the front desk when l checked in was great, courteous and helpful. Great location and short walking distance to all the amazing Gold Coast restaurants and Michigan Ave. I definitely recommend the Margeaux Brasserie French fine dining restaurant and bar on the 3rd floor in the Waldorf Astoria. I am originally a Chicago native and will definitely be back.

Great weekend in Chicago at the Waldorf
IVAN k

What a great hotel and I loved the restaurant and the bar. The staff were very courteous and the food and drinks were amazing. The location is also exceptional and we were very close to shopping and great bars. Would return to this property happily. IK

The Hotel to stay at in downtown Chicago.
RetailExpert

This is where you want to stay when visiting downtown Chicago. You won’t be disappointed. From the moment you pull up you will realize you are somewhere special. The service will exceed your expectations. Beautiful property.